A native of Columbus, Ohio, Lieutenant Colonel James attended Miami University and commissioned through the NROTC program in December 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Following graduation from The Basic School and Logistics Officer Course, Lieutenant Colonel James joined 2d Reconnaissance Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he served as the Motor Transportation Officer. In 2002, Lieutenant Colonel James was reassigned to 2d Force Reconnaissance Company as the Logistics Officer and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I.
In the summer of 2004, Lieutenant Colonel James was assigned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina where he served as a Series Commander, Aide-de Camp, and Company Commander. He subsequently attended the Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia followed by an assignment as a summer augment at the Officer Candidate School.
In the summer of 2008, Lieutenant Colonel James reported to Combat Logistics Battalion 4 in Okinawa, Japan as the Company Commander, Motor Transport Company, and again deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return from deployment, Lieutenant Colonel James served as the Operations Officer, Combat Logistics Battalion 4 and Operations Officer, Combat Logistics Regiment 3.
In 2011, Lieutenant Colonel James reported to the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where he was a distinguished graduate and received a Masters of Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University. Upon graduation, he was assigned as the Combat Service Support Major Monitor in Quantico, Virginia. In 2014, Lieutenant Colonel James reported to Combat Logistics Battalion 3 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and served as the Battalion Executive Officer. In August 2016, Lieutenant Colonel James transferred to U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific where he served as a South East Asia Logistics Planner
Lieutenant Colonel James has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars, and the Navy Achievement Medal.